Importance of involving children in designing recycling facilities: A case study of Hong Kong children collecting and recycling recyclables

Kin Wai Michael SIU, Yi Lin WONG, Mei Seung Michelle LAM

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Abstract

Given the importance of recycling to ensuring an environmentally sustainable future, it is imperative that children be taught to recycle at home. Yet in major metropolises such as Hong Kong, household recycling is still uncommon and relevant knowledge is not passed between generations. Based on a Hong Kong case study, the study reveals the importance of involving children through teaching children to design and make their own recyclable storage bags. The findings show that children who attended a lecture about environmental protection and/or workshops on making recyclable storage bags did not initially have recycling habits, but they were more eager to recycle afterwards. More involvement in designing recycling gadgets and facilities would result higher participation and motivation. The study thus provides strong evidence of the effect of children’s involvement in recycling activities through designing and making recycling-related items. Copyright © 2020 Springer Nature Switzerland AG.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in interdisciplinary practice in industrial design: Proceedings of the AHFE 2019 International Conference on Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design, July 24-28, 2019, Washington D.C., USA
EditorsCliff Sungsoo SHIN
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Pages83-90
ISBN (Electronic)9783030204709
ISBN (Print)9783030204693
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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recycling
Hong Kong
metropolis
environmental protection
habits
participation
Teaching
evidence

Citation

Siu, K. W. M., Wong, Y. L., & Lam, M. S. (2019). Importance of involving children in designing recycling facilities: A case study of Hong Kong children collecting and recycling recyclables. In C. S. Shin (Ed.), Advances in interdisciplinary practice in industrial design: Proceedings of the AHFE 2019 International Conference on Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design, July 24-28, 2019, Washington D.C., USA (pp. 83-90). Cham: Springer.

Keywords

  • Recycling
  • Participatory design
  • Design and making
  • Children